Shia LaBeouf to 'Retire from Public Life' After Plagiarism Scandal [DETAILS]
Shia LaBeouf, star of the "Transformers" franchise, has announced that he will "retire from public life" in the wake of a strange and embarrassing plagiarism scandal.
LaBeouf's short film, "HowardCantour.com," came under intense scrutiny when it was revealed that he had stolen much of it from "Justin M. Damiano," a 2007 comic written by Daniel Clowes, without bothering to credit him. The LA Times reports that the plagiarism was so liberal that the narration was taken word-for-word from the comic.
In December, LaBeouf apologized to his fans and Clowes alike via Twitter, saying, "Copying isn't particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else's idea to produce something new and different IS creative work. In my excitement and naiveté as an amateur filmmaker, I got lost in the creative process and neglected to follow proper accreditation. Im embarrassed that I failed to credit @danielclowes for his original graphic novella Justin M. Damiano, which served as my inspiration. I was truly moved by his piece of work & I knew that it would make a poignant & relevant short. I apologize to all who assumed I wrote it. I deeply regret the manner in which these events have unfolded and want @danielclowes to know that I have a great respect for his work."
This would have been a good start on the road to forgiveness, except that it was discovered that the first part of LaBeouf's apology had been lifted from a Yahoo Answers commenter.
According to IGN, LaBeouf then went on to skywrite an apology to Clowes in Southern California, even though he lives up north and would have no way of seeing it.
So after all of this, LaBeouf has decided to call it quits on public life. Whether he has decided to abandon plagiarism as well, there's no way of knowing.